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Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group, supported by Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations and the National Pensioners’ Convention were at Westminster and Downing Street on Friday 26th November to protest and raise awareness of cold related deaths among older people.

Here are some photos and a flyer about the event:

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Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group (SPAG) meetings have been taken place on the first Friday of each month. They take place both at Southwark Pensioners’ Centre and online using Zoom meeting software. All are welcome.

Usually 10.15am start until 12.30pm. Please contact Southwark Pensioners Centre for more details about how you can take part in the SPAG meetings. Phone 02077084556 or email: info@southwarkpensioners.org.uk

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SPAG 2009 footage

Please click here for a film celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the introduction of old age pensions, helped by Reverend Herbert Stead’s campaign in Walworth, Southwark.

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Recent SPAG and Awesome Wisdom Activity

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18th October – Southwark Pensioners’ Parliament –

Promoting the voices of older people

Through SPAG and the Forum, we connect older people to key policymakers and decision makers as well as other opportunities to campaign or have your say on the issues that are important to you.

As a result, in February 2020, 89% of you told us that you felt your opinions were being heard and 86% felt that you could make a difference in the community.

Every year, Southwark Pensioners’ Centre hold a Pensioners’ Parliament. This was the first one held since the pandemic and took place at William Booth College on 18th October.

Helen Hayes MP and Harriet Harman MP joined us. They spoke and answered questions about difficulties getting an appointment to see the GP, long waits in Kings A&E, the threat of rising heating costs and food prices, the breaking of the “triple lock” protection of pensioners’ income and the shortage of staff for health and social care. They  reported on their casework on behalf of pensioners  and congratulated the Southwark Pensioners Centre on being awarded the Civic Award for their work for pensioners during the pandemic.

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Friday 1st October – Topic: Health and Social Care

Invited guest: Sam Hepplewhite from the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group explained the contracts and renewals for the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS).

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Friday 3rd September  – Meeting: Planning Issues/developments

  1. Aylesham Centre proposals
  2. New applications at Elephant and Castle
  3. Old Kent Road development after publication of the Planning Inspector’s report on the New Southwark Plan:

Invited guests:

  • Harps Aujla (Cambridge Law Centre)
  • Eileen Conn (Peckham Vision Founder)
  • Claire Hegarty (Peckham Heritage Regeneration Partnership PHRP)
  • Janine Rowe (Old Kent Road Campaigner)

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Friday 6th August – Summer Social meeting at the Lighthouse (opposite the SPC) to celebrate the group meeting in person again.

Guest: Alice Godman (Healthwatch Southwark Research & Intelligence Officer) presents a survey to research unmet need in South London and Maudsley services.

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Friday 2nd July  – SPAG had another useful meeting on zoom. Councillor Evelyn Akoto, Cabinet member for Adult Services and Public Health, joined us. Together we watched an excerpt from Session 4 of the Keep our NHS Public People’s Enquiry. Those present found the evidence from witnesses “shocking”. Cllr Akoto gave some initial responses to issues raised with her predecessor, Councillor Helen Dennis, and the Leader, Councillor Kieron Williams and committed to look further into issues raised.

Friday 2nd July  – SPAG picketed outside Lister Health Centre and Queens Road practice because of their takeover by Centene / Operose.

Monday 7th July – SPAG joined a ‘Protect the NHS’ demonstration outside the Department of Health and Social Care.

Thursday 8th July – SPAG attended a silent vigil outside the house in Bow, East London, where a crane collapsed and took the life of June Harvey one year ago.

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The People’s COVID Inquiry is now available as a podcast to listen for free, wherever you are! Please subscribe here: https://podfollow.com/peoples-covid-inquiry

Session 6 of the People’s Covid Inquiry quote:

“What impact has government policy during the pandemic had on inequalities and discrimination?” ‘This is unique, there isn’t another inquiry going on like this. Boris Johnson is saying there’s going to be a third wave of the virus, and if so, big questions arise, like are you going to deal with it in the way you dealt with first & second waves? What we’re trying to do is learn the lessons and apply them now before it’s too late.’

Michael Mansfield QC

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Integrated Care Services white paper- Please open and sign the petition against the ICS White Paper: https://keepournhspublic.com/campaigns/legislative-changes/integrated-care/integrated-care-system-petition/

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Dear SPAG members
On behalf of SPAG, I am inviting you to an online meeting.

Following the success of the first one, SPAG are holding further virtual meetings and the software is called Zoom.

Please contact Southwark Pensioners Centre for more details about how you can take part in the SPAG meetings. Phone 02077084556 or email: operations@southwarkpensioners.org.uk

Using Zoom
We have allowed the first fifteen minutes to sort out any issues getting on Zoom. A few minutes before 10.15am, you must click on the link in the invitation next to or immediately underneath where it says ‘Join the Meeting’.
You will be asked to sign in your name and email address. This is because the session is going to be on the Southwark Pensioners’ Centre Zoom account which has this additional layer of security. After signing in, you will receive a message that will say something like:-
‘Do you want to allow this page to open ”zoom.us” followed by Cancel/Allow” or
‘This action will make an alteration to your device’ followed by ‘Cancel/Allow’
In both cases, click on the ‘Allow’ button.
Then another message will come up “Join with Video”. Click on that and you should join the meeting.
Check that both audio and video are switched on
You DON’T need to sign up to zoom as you are going to be a guest at a meeting. You only have to register if you’re going to host a meeting and Cathy will be the host.

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The @NPCUK Annual Convention hosting leading experts at four topical webinars in June 2021.

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